NOTE: The audience for the material in this subchapter is standard throughout and is as follows: CR, OS, OA, SR, EHI SPEC.
HI 00204.001 Title XVIII Safeguards
Title XVIII contains safeguards that certain relationships will not be disturbed.
A. Prohibition against federal interference with the practice of medicine
Title XVIII specifically provides that it shall not be construed to authorize any federal officer or employee to exercise any supervision or control over the practice of medicine or the manner in which medical services are provided, or over the selection, tenure, or compensation of any officer or employee of any institution, agency, or person providing health services; or to exercise any supervision or control over the administration or operation of any such institution, agency, or person.
B. Patient's freedom of choice
Any individual entitled to benefits under title XVIII may obtain health services from any institution, agency, or person qualified to participate under title XVIII if such institution, agency, or person undertakes to provide him such services.
C. Option to obtain other health insurance protection
Title XVIII does not preclude any State from providing, or any individual from purchasing, or otherwise securing, other protection against the cost of any health services.